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  • SharePoint User Adoption - No Pain, No Gain

    SharePoint User Adoption – No Pain, No Gain

    SharePoint adoption is one of the hot subjects on the mind of the SharePoint community, customers and partners alike. Put simply the question of “How do we get people to use the damn thing?” has left many executives, IT Managers, Consultants and even end users confused. Of course this makes complete sense, as there is […]

  • The myth of the SharePoint Upgrade

    The myth of the SharePoint Upgrade

    Upgrading SharePoint is much more than a technical endeavor and needs to be planned and executed according to the needs that the business has. These needs can be technical but also non technical such as change management, adoption or strategy based so make sure you understand what the new version can facilitate and what it can’t.

  • Webinar: SharePoint 2013 for Intranets and the Digital Workplace

    Webinar: SharePoint 2013 for Intranets and the Digital Workplace

    With SharePoint 2013 recently being released one of the main interest areas is how best to apply the new features to creating Intranet or Digital Workplace (DW) solutions. I have been fortunate to team up with Step Two Designs from Australia that run the Intranet Innovation awards for a webinar to talk about exactly that!

    In this hour long presentation we will be talking about lots of new features in SharePoint 2013 as it applies to Intranet or DW solutions. With all the changes and new features in SharePoint 2013 we could probably talk for days but we are going to cover some base level features that would provide an organization instant benefit

  • The launch of Dynamic Owl Consulting

    The launch of Dynamic Owl Consulting

    I am proud to announce the launch of my consulting company – Dynamic Owl Consulting! Combining the best business and technical expertise we want to change the way that SharePoint projects are delivered to organizations by first focusing on the business issues before looking at how SharePoint can solve these challenges.
    It’s an exciting time for myself and my business partner as we embark on this journey.

  • The power of views and metadata in SharePoint

    The power of views and metadata in SharePoint

    Adoption for using metadata can be tricky but leveraging the powers of views allows you to instantly communicate the value of metadata to your users. In this article we examine why getting adoption for metadata can be difficult and how you can use views to help in this adoption issue.

  • SharePoint Document Version Options: More than meets the eye

    SharePoint Document Version Options: More than meets the eye

    This post details the different business scenarios and use cases that can be addressed by the versioning capabilities that SharePoint offers.

  • Social in SharePoint 2013: Newsfeed Posting and Replying

    Social in SharePoint 2013: Newsfeed Posting and Replying

    Details the new social capabilities of SharePoint 2013 focusing on the posting and replying options in the newsfeed.

Planning, Requirements and Analysis

Datasheet View Improvements in SharePoint 2013
[ 6 ] June 24, 2013

Datasheet View Improvements in SharePoint 2013

The Datasheet view in SharePoint is one of the most used pieces of functionality in the platform for document management. In essence it allows a user to edit multiple pieces of metadata in a nice Excel format. Frankly the idea that a user will upload a single document at a time and categorize it one-by-one […]

The myth of the SharePoint Upgrade
[ 10 ] January 28, 2013

The myth of the SharePoint Upgrade

Upgrading SharePoint is much more than a technical endeavor and needs to be planned and executed according to the needs that the business has. These needs can be technical but also non technical such as change management, adoption or strategy based so make sure you understand what the new version can facilitate and what it can’t.

SharePoint Document Version Governance
[ 4 ] July 23, 2012

SharePoint Document Version Governance

This post details some items that you should consider as part of your governance plan for content versioning in SharePoint.

How To

Photo Captions With Nintex Mobile Forms
[ 2 ] April 7, 2014

Photo Captions With Nintex Mobile Forms

Many companies across multiple sectors have information gathering requirements that involve sending workers to gather data in remote sites. Using Nintex Mobile Forms we can construct and end to end solution that supports online/offline report generation that can be instantaneously submitted from mobile devices (tablets, phones) into SharePoint triggering a review process by Project Management. […]

Adding Spreadsheets to Nintex Forms
[ 0 ] November 25, 2013

Adding Spreadsheets to Nintex Forms

*** Edit *** When you assume… Daniel Kinal, was good enough to get in touch with me and let me know the error of my ways. You can now use calculated fields within repeating sections to achieve the same result.  There’s a tutorial here.  If you’ve come here looking for the solution, I can at […]

Managing Tasks using Project Server 2013
[ 6 ] January 6, 2013

Managing Tasks using Project Server 2013

A look into how project tasks can be managed using Project Server 2013 and SharePoint Server 2013.

Case Studies

Nintex Workflow Good Practices Part One
[ 3 ] July 1, 2013

Nintex Workflow Good Practices Part One

I am a huge fan of all the Nintex products including Nintex Workflow, Nintex Live, Nintex Forms and the new Nintex Mobile. We have been using Nintex Workflow 2010 and 2013 for a number of our Dynamic Owl clients over the years and with this experience have developed some internal good practices around how to […]

Datasheet View Improvements in SharePoint 2013
[ 6 ] June 24, 2013

Datasheet View Improvements in SharePoint 2013

The Datasheet view in SharePoint is one of the most used pieces of functionality in the platform for document management. In essence it allows a user to edit multiple pieces of metadata in a nice Excel format. Frankly the idea that a user will upload a single document at a time and categorize it one-by-one […]

Webinar: SharePoint 2013 for Intranets and the Digital Workplace
[ 3 ] January 14, 2013

Webinar: SharePoint 2013 for Intranets and the Digital Workplace

With SharePoint 2013 recently being released one of the main interest areas is how best to apply the new features to creating Intranet or Digital Workplace (DW) solutions. I have been fortunate to team up with Step Two Designs from Australia that run the Intranet Innovation awards for a webinar to talk about exactly that!

In this hour long presentation we will be talking about lots of new features in SharePoint 2013 as it applies to Intranet or DW solutions. With all the changes and new features in SharePoint 2013 we could probably talk for days but we are going to cover some base level features that would provide an organization instant benefit

Change Management

SharePoint User Adoption - No Pain, No Gain
[ 2 ] May 29, 2013

SharePoint User Adoption – No Pain, No Gain

SharePoint adoption is one of the hot subjects on the mind of the SharePoint community, customers and partners alike. Put simply the question of “How do we get people to use the damn thing?” has left many executives, IT Managers, Consultants and even end users confused. Of course this makes complete sense, as there is […]

What is SharePoint Business Value?
[ 4 ] January 31, 2012

What is SharePoint Business Value?

Trying to detail what value SharePoint will provide a business can sometimes turn into an endless parade of platitudes. Business value comes in many forms, this articles discusses just a few.

Adoption Strategies for User Profiles in SharePoint 2010
[ 5 ] January 16, 2012

Adoption Strategies for User Profiles in SharePoint 2010

Rolling out User Profiles on SharePoint 2010 isn’t of much use if people don’t fill them out. Frequently organizations struggle with getting employees to fill in their profiles for a number of reasons. Here are some tips on how to encourage users to fill out their profiles.

Tools and Templates

Photo Captions With Nintex Mobile Forms
[ 2 ] April 7, 2014

Photo Captions With Nintex Mobile Forms

Many companies across multiple sectors have information gathering requirements that involve sending workers to gather data in remote sites. Using Nintex Mobile Forms we can construct and end to end solution that supports online/offline report generation that can be instantaneously submitted from mobile devices (tablets, phones) into SharePoint triggering a review process by Project Management. […]

Creating a SharePoint Vision using the Gamestorming Cover Story Technique
[ 9 ] December 12, 2011

Creating a SharePoint Vision using the Gamestorming Cover Story Technique

Articulating a tangible SharePoint vision for you project can be problematic. In this article learn how the Gamestorming Cover Story technique can be used to facilitate a group of stakeholders to articulate their vision in a fun and interactive way.

Paul Culmsee is coming to North America in 2012
[ 2 ] October 15, 2011

Paul Culmsee is coming to North America in 2012

Paul Culmsee is coming to Vancouver to run his SharePoint Governance and IA Masterclass along with his Issue Mapping Class. For anyone involved in SharePoint or sensemaking this is an absolute must.

General

Photo Captions With Nintex Mobile Forms
[ 2 ] April 7, 2014

Photo Captions With Nintex Mobile Forms

Many companies across multiple sectors have information gathering requirements that involve sending workers to gather data in remote sites. Using Nintex Mobile Forms we can construct and end to end solution that supports online/offline report generation that can be instantaneously submitted from mobile devices (tablets, phones) into SharePoint triggering a review process by Project Management. […]

Central Administration - Enable Features on Existing Sites
[ 5 ] October 7, 2013

SharePoint Enterprise Feature Activation – Unintended Consequences

SharePoint Editions and License Conversion SharePoint Server can be licensed in one of two editions: Standard and Enterprise, which is determined by the license key applied to the server. This key may be applied at installation time, or afterwards through Central Administration. Note that you are not able to revert to Standard Edition once Enterprise Key […]

Nintex Workflow Good Practices Part One
[ 3 ] July 1, 2013

Nintex Workflow Good Practices Part One

I am a huge fan of all the Nintex products including Nintex Workflow, Nintex Live, Nintex Forms and the new Nintex Mobile. We have been using Nintex Workflow 2010 and 2013 for a number of our Dynamic Owl clients over the years and with this experience have developed some internal good practices around how to […]

Other Recent Articles

Dynamic Owl Consulting is a Nintex Partner Award Finalist

Dynamic Owl Consulting is a Nintex Partner Award Finalist

[ 0 ] June 17, 2013

All of us at Dynamic Owl are really excited that we have been nominated in the solution Innovation Award category for the Nintex Partner Awards! The Nintex Partner Awards were created to reward and recognize the valuable contributions leading Nintex partners have demonstrated in the areas of business excellence, solution innovation and marketing impact in […]

The most common support question for SharePoint 2013

The most common support question for SharePoint 2013

[ 7 ] May 7, 2013

Working in an end user support role with SharePoint is difficult enough but I believe that I have the answer to the most common end user SharePoint support question to hit the help desk when organizations move to SharePoint 2013: End User: Hi there! I have a question. I want to create a document library […]

Accessing List and Library Views in SharePoint 2013

Accessing List and Library Views in SharePoint 2013

[ 4 ] March 20, 2013

There has been a subtle yet powerful change in the way that users can access views in SharePoint 2013 which make it much easier and compelling for end users.